Fasig-Tipton, which completed a major contstruction and renovation project at its Saratoga Springs, N.Y., sale grounds in 2009, is in the midst of overhauling the Humphrey S. Finney sale pavilion on the site. The auction firm recently posted photographs of the work on its Facebook page.
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“We giving the sale pavilion a facelift, just trying to make it more modern so it will fit in a little bit more architecturally with the rest of the facilities,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “There’s only so much you can do to a sale pavilion because it has got to maintain its function, which is to be a safe and good place to conduct Thoroughbred auctions. But we’re giving it an updated look with new colors, seats, wall coverings, lighting, and so forth. It should be a lot more comfortable and hopefully more appealing to the people who want to do business with us.”
In other changes, “you’ll see a slight reduction in the number of seats in the pavilion and the seating will be reconfigured slightly to make it more accessible for people coming and going,” Browning said. “In the past, you had some areas of the pavilion where there were 16 or 18 seats in a row, and nobody wanted to climb over nine people to get to the middle of a row.”
Improvements completed at the Saratoga sale grounds in 2009 included a new walking ring, a new business center, a new restroom facility/office building, a new patio area and kitchen for the restaurant, and new fencing.
The 2010 work is scheduled to be finished “in late June or early July,” Browning said. “Hopefully, we won’t be quite as pushed to the finish line as we were last year; it’s a simpler project. We did a little bit of the demolition work that we could do while waiting to get the building permit, which I think was issued in early March.”
Browning declined to provide the cost of last year’s and this year’s upgrades, saying, “We don’t disclose that kind of information.”
Fasig-Tipton conducts the Saratoga select yearling and New York-bred preferred yearling auctions at the Saratoga sale ground.
“There was a noticeable improvement in 2009, and we anticipate there will be noticeable improvement in 2010,” Browning said. “As of right now, there is nothing major in our plans for 2011, but this is certainly not the end of us trying to continue to make our facilities as user-friendly as we possibly can at all of our locations.”